Children’s Needs, Coping Strategies and Understanding of Woman Abuse

June 11, 1999

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This multi-methodological study sought to discover how both children and young people understand domestic violence and how those who have lived with it cope with, and make sense, of their experiences. The primary themes of this research were children’s general understandings and perception of domestic violence; including whether they see it as affecting children, who they see as responsible for it and what they think should be done. The study explores what the general population of children know about domestic violence, as well as the specific experiences of children who have lived in situations where their mothers have been abused.

This report was submitted to the Economic Social and Research Council. This research also formed the basis of the Book: Children’s Perspectives on Domestic Violence (2002), available from Sage publications.

Project: Children’s Needs, Coping Strategies and Understanding of Woman Abuse

Available from: The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit £6.50 plus £1.00 p&p